by Julie Kagawa
Pub. Date: February 1st, 2010
Meghan Chase has a secret destiny—one she could never have imagined…
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart."The Iron King" has a very fast paced plot that was able to keep my interest from start to finish. The book starts off like many teen books describing issues the main character has at school, but it quickly switches to a fantasy realm where Meghan is constantly in danger. I loved being able to see what Meghan's life was like before she discovered her identity because it helped me understand her character. The ordinary life Meghan had before she discovers that she is part fey makes the book more believable, even Meghan has issues accepting the truths that are revealed to her. Meghan's search for identity is something that many people can relate to and Kagawa makes this a central theme for the book. The description of the fey world and unique characters bring the book to life. All the elements of the book have made it a wonderful debut novel that leave me wanting more!
I can't wait to see where the series goes from here. Kagawa has started the series off with a bang with plenty of room to grow. I think she did a great job satisfying the main storyline, while leaving some characters in peril and danger lurking nearby. Julie has her own website with some really cool features including a playlist for the book and a book trailer. Check out her website here.